BEND– Fuels specialists on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District will conduct a prescribed burn on two units approximately 22 miles southeast of La Pine on Wednesday.
If conditions remain favorable, ignitions on the approximately 800 acres (listed on the live map as Mx2J and Mx2G) is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue through daylight hours. The prescribed burn is expected to be completed in one day.
For all prescribed fires, signs will be posted on significant nearby Forest roads and state highways that could be impacted. While there are no road closures anticipated with this burn, drivers may experience smoke impacts on nearby roads. Motorists should slow down, turn on headlights, and proceed with caution.
Residences near Fort Rock and Hole in the Ground may be impacted by smoke and are advised to keep their windows and doors closed during the night hours to minimize any potential smoke impacts.
Fuels specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires (including pile burning) and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.
Keep up with prescribed burns in Central Oregon by visiting this live map: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/webmaps/deschutes/cofms-rxfire/
For more information, visit the Deschutes website at www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes and follow us on twitter @CentralORFire.